Forthcoming Events

CHIS Commemoration plaque for the marriage of Agatha Christie

Mar 2 On Saturday March 2nd 2024 at 11am at Emmanuel Court, Guthrie Road, Clifton, BS8 3EY a CHIS green plaque will be dedicated by the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE…


Shaun Macloughlin Talk entitled Pilgrimage

Mar 19 A talk by Shaun Macloughlin entitled Pilgrimage. Shaun, a retired Radio Drama Producer, will tell us of some significant and some humorous episodes of his life. When he…


Past Events

Posthumus Praise-Blue Plaques by Gordon Young of Bristol Civic Society

Feb 20 Gordon Young is the Chairman of the Blue Plaques Panel of Bristol Civic Society. He will give a Talk entitled “Posthumous Praise” upon Tuesday 20th February 2024. He will…


Ian Caskie on ‘The S.S. Great Britain From Launch to Re-launch’

Jan 16 Ian was born and raised on Merseyside, where he spent many hours watching the arrivals and departures at Liverpool’s busy Pier Head in the 1950s and 60s. This led to his…


Michael Benton on ‘The Building Stones of Clifton’

Nov 21, 2023 What is your house built of? This is not a question posed by a nursery rhyme – and the answer from most people in Clifton would be that it is of ‘stone’. House agents…


St Andrews Churchyard War Memorial wreath laying Sunday 12th November 2023

Nov 12, 2023 Remembrance Sunday The Committee presented the CHIS Poppy Wreath at St Andrews Churchyard War Memorial upon Sunday 12th November. Sadly the Official Remembrance Service had…


AGM + Sheila Hannon on ‘Sarah Guppy’

Oct 24, 2023 A brief CHIS AGM followed by a talk by Sheila Hannon on ‘Sarah Guppy’. Sheila Hannon is the co-founder and creative producer of The Show of Strength Theatre, which…


Professor Ronald Hutton on ‘Vampires’

Sep 19, 2023 A ‘not to miss’ talk for the start of the season. We are fortunate to have Ronald Hutton returning to give us another of his fascinating and erudite talks. Ronald,…


Celebrate Lieutenant-Colonel Ferdinand Simeon Le Quesne VC RAMC Plaque unveiling and Talks

Sep 2, 2023 FORTHCOMING EVENTS. The talks are held in the Apostle Room of the Catholic Cathedral in Pembroke Road at 8.00 p.m. Doors open at 7.15 when wine and soft drinks are served.…


Celebrate Sarah Guppy 11.00am Sat 25th March 2023

Mar 25, 2023 CELEBRATE SARAH GUPPY 11am Saturday 25 March Clifton at St Andrews Churchyard Lime Walk, Clifton. Sarah Guppy was the first woman in the world to register a patent for a…


Sarah Guppy Talk CANCELLED!

Feb 21, 2023 CANCELLED! Apologies that this event had to be cancelled at short notice. We are rescheduling it and will post the new date and time here. Sarah Guppy Talk Tuesday 21st…


Postponement of Talk on Sarah Guppy

Feb 20, 2023 Owing to the indisposition of our speaker, Sheila Hannon, the talk on Sarah Guppy has had to be postponed.


Watching Wildlife

Jan 17, 2023 Ed Drewitt, our speaker, is a distinguished freelance naturalist. Those of us who heard his talk on peregrines several years ago will remember him as an enthusiastic and…


The Reverend Doctor Thomas Sedgewick Whalley

Nov 15, 2022 Professor Chris Stephens, our speaker, has written a recent biography of Sedgewick Whalley in which he is described as ' Playwright and socialite, toast of William…


The Real Jane Austen (Not a Subdued Parsonage Daughter)

Oct 18, 2022 This intriguing talk by Sandy Bateman will be preceded by a brief, but important, Annual General Meeting. Be prepared to learn some surprising facts about this brilliant…


Clifton Rugby Club Plaque

Sep 27, 2022 A CHIS plaque to commemorate the founding of Clifton Rugby Club will be dedicated on Tuesday, September 27th at 6pm at the Kings Arms, Blackboy Hill. All are welcome. The…


The Historical King Arthur

Sep 22, 2022 We welcome, once again, the ever popular Professor Ron Hutton who will talk to us about the best known legendary hero in Western tradition who has enjoyed this popularity…


CHIS Visit to Park Row Synagogue.

Aug 23, 2022 Passing the Synagogue on Park Row, you may have been curious as to what lies within. CHIS members are now fortunate to have the opportunity of a visit to the building,…


Dedication of Memorial Plaque to Beryl Cook

Jul 9, 2022 Beryl Cook OBE (1926-2008) On December 9th 2020 a memorial CHIS plaque to the artist Beryl Cook OBE was installed at The Coach House, 1A Camp Road, Clifton, where she lived…


Dedication of Memorial Plaque to Dr Beryl Corner

Jun 25, 2022 Dr Beryl Corner (1910-2007) On 23rd of April 2020, a green CHIS commemoration plaque was erected at Elton House, Rodney Place, Clifton, to honour the pioneer paediatrician Dr…


Civic Society's Blue Plaques & Suspension Bridge Secrets.

Apr 26, 2022 This talk, postponed from February, will now take place at the Apostle Room at Clifton Cathedral, at 8pm on Tuesday, April 26th, doors open at 7.30pm. Gordon Young has been…


Angela Carter Plaque Dedication.

Mar 26, 2022 Angela Carter (1940-1992) In September 2020, a green CHIS commemoration plaque was erected at 38, Royal York Crescent, Clifton, to honour the novelist, poet and journalist…


Ronald Hutton on Oliver Cromwell

Nov 23, 2021 Our second talk of the year will be on Tuesday, November 23rd and is by the ever popular Ronald Hutton whose impeccable scholarship and erudition are matched only by his wit…


AGM + George Ferguson on the Our World plans for the Clifton Zoo site

Oct 26, 2021 Our first talk after the long hiatus will be on Tuesday, October 26th and will be preceded by a brief Annual General Meeting. The speaker will be George Ferguson, former…